Mexico and Jamaica faced off in the semifinals of this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, with Mexico as the favorites, despite fielding a team composed of players from Liga MX (and one from Major League Soccer). A victory from Mexico would have resulted in a championship match versus their bitter rival, the United States, who defeated Costa Rica in the other semifinal.
But the “Reggae Boyz” had other plans. Goalkeeper Andre Blake made several keys saves to keep Jamaica in the match:
— Rahul // SIB (@sibwyd) July 24, 2017
Blake had people slack-jawed.
— cynthia (@cyynthiasolis) July 24, 2017
Then, with less than 10 minutes left in the match, Kemar Lawrence of Jamaica scored this beautiful free kick goal:
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) July 24, 2017
Mexico was unable to mount a last-minute comeback, and Jamaica made history:
This is the first time Jamaica has ever beaten Mexico at the Gold Cup.
— Official J.F.F (@ItsTheJFF) July 24, 2017
Mexico fans were left in shock:
— • ℓ i z e t t e🌻 (@liiiiiizz_) July 24, 2017
— Victoria Reyna (@VictoriaReyna_) July 24, 2017
While others celebrated the upset by Jamaica:
When you Salvadorian and Mexico looses to Jamaica pic.twitter.com/w7apSIO995
— Jorgie (@VeganThugNasty) July 24, 2017
Mexico’s infamous chant was reworked:
— Anuar Martinez (@anuarderk) July 24, 2017
So was the iconic song “El Rey”:
If you were on Twitter and Insta when Mexico lost to Chile 0-7, some of these may look very familiar.
Others wondered why Mexican goalkeeper J.J. Corona didn’t make more of an effort to stop the shot:
Aquí podemos ver a Corona tratando de parar el gol de Jamaica. pic.twitter.com/Ce2X3gKDdB
— TENIENTE CHOCHOS 💋 (@chochos) July 24, 2017
Would things have turned out different?
CREDIT: @chochos / Twitter
At the end of the match, Mexico just couldn’t keep up.
CREDIT: @ALEXSANDOVAL___ / Twitter
And Mexico couldn’t win, despite being the favorite.
Felicidades a la selección de México por su pase a la final…. Ah no perdón jamaica es. pic.twitter.com/WtDu3syp0d
— 🌟✳La PKs✳🌟 (@PKsSv) July 24, 2017
This user speculated what would happen in the aftermath of the match:
— MtyFollow® (@MtyFollow) July 24, 2017
After a rough night, this fan managed to find a silver lining the following day:
Ironically its National Tequila day after Mexico lost to Jamaica yesterday
— David Rosales Luna (@angelitogk01) July 24, 2017
That’s one way to treat the pain.